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Turkish source says Pompeo heard recording of Khashoggi murder, State Dept denies

Turkish source says Pompeo heard recording of Khashoggi murder, State Dept denies

World
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has heard an alleged audio recording of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi's murder inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, according to a senior Turkish official. Speaking exclusively and on condition of anonymity to ABC News, the official claimed the recording was played in meetings in Turkey on Wednesday, and that Pompeo was given a transcript of the recordings. Separately, ABC News has also learned that Turkish officials believe that Khashoggi was killed inside the Saudi consulate following a struggle that lasted eight minutes and that they believe he died of strangulation. The White House referred questions to the State Department which denied Pompeo had heard the recording or seen a transcript. "Secretary Pompeo has neither heard a tape no...
Watch: Juwan Johnson pulls off insane one-handed catch vs. Ohio State

Watch: Juwan Johnson pulls off insane one-handed catch vs. Ohio State

Sports
Sept. 30 (UPI) -- Penn State wide receiver Juwan Johnson needed just one hand to grab one of the best catches of the night during the Nittany Lions' loss to Ohio State. The spectacular snare came in the first quarter of Ohio State's 27-26 win on Saturday at Beaver Stadium in University Park, Pa. The Nittany Lions had the ball on the Ohio State 48-yard-line for a 1st and 10 during the sequence. Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley called for the snap with about 7:20 remaining in the quarter. He eyed his receiving options before deciding to loft a pass down the left flank. The pass dropped out of the sky at about the 20-yard-line, where the 6-foot-4, 225-pound Johnson turned his body and elevated over 6-foot, 195-pound Buckeyes cornerback Damon Arnette. Johnson was able to stab the ball wi...
California becomes 1st state to restrict restaurants on handing out plastic straws

California becomes 1st state to restrict restaurants on handing out plastic straws

Technology
California has become the first state in the nation to pass a law that will ban restaurants from automatically giving out plastic straws to help protect the environment. “Plastic has helped advance innovation in our society, but our infatuation with single-use convenience has led to disastrous consequences,” Gov. Jerry Brown said in a statement upon signing the bill Thursday. “Ocean plastic is estimated to kill millions of marine animals every year." The law, which will go into effect Jan. 1, applies only to full-service, dine-in restaurants, not fast-food establishments or other businesses. It sets a fine of $ 25 per day for restaurants that violate the rule, with the total not to exceed $ 300 annually. The initiative is the first of its kind, officials said. ...
North Korea anniversary drawing foreign visitors, state media says

North Korea anniversary drawing foreign visitors, state media says

World
Sept. 7 (UPI) -- North Korea is making connections between an upcoming national anniversary and foreign visitors who have been invited to the celebrations in Pyongyang. Pyongyang's Workers' Party newspaper Rodong Sinmun published photographs of foreign groups and civic organizations visiting the regime on Friday, ahead of a planned military parade on Sunday. The photographs did not include members of foreign governments who could potentially attend the anniversary parade that will commemorate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the North Korean government, according to South Korean news service News 1. North Korea may be seeking maximum media exposure ahead of the anniversary. CNN reporter Will Ripley and others recently uploaded photos of foreign journalists in Beijing, waiting to b...
Urban Meyer apologizes to ex-wife of former Ohio State assistant Zach Smith

Urban Meyer apologizes to ex-wife of former Ohio State assistant Zach Smith

Sports
Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer did Friday evening what he was criticized for failing to do at a Wednesday news conference announcing his three-game suspension: apologize to Courtney Smith. The national media chastised Meyer over the past two days for what seemed to be a lack of empathy for the ex-wife of fired Ohio State assistant coach Zach Smith, and he issued a two-paragraph statement on Twitter with the aid of Ohio State's athletics communications office to try to make amends. Meyer was suspended by the university after a two-week investigation for his mishandling of domestic abuse allegations against Zach Smith. In his Friday apology posted on Twitter, he said he was sorry to all women, men and families impacted by abuse. "Let me say here and now what I should have sai...